Biofeedback update – Session 9!

I went in for my 9th appointment and the original lady nurse practitioner that I have had most times was assisting in surgery so I had a new guy that is also a nurse practitioner.

He poked my left leg and tried to stimulate the nerve, he struck out. So he went for the right leg, again he struck out. He had to have his counterpart come in and said “I’ve never had to do that!” The other sweet lady nurse practitioner came in and found the nerve right away. I felt bad for the guy but it happens!

So far I’m pleasantly surprised that I’ve seen improvements. Of course I have days that I still go every hour a few hours in a row but it’s not EVERY hour! I think it depends on how much liquid I have in the mornings but I still need to hydrate!

They both said this is the time I should see the biggest improvement and I’m stoked but mindful I may have a bladder flare up but still Yays!!

MS journey continues – Urodynamics Study (UDS) test results.

Bladder is all normal and healthy in regards to age and anatomy.

During the filling of the bladder; I had spasms in my bladder, tricking my body into thinking I had to go hence the frequency.

I had a spasm at 120 ml another at 150 ml. Once the amount was at 225 ml, the urgency increased and I needed to really go potty.

After I emptied my bladder, I had about 150 ml leftover that was needed to be removed. The average female bladder holds around 400 ml so mine is a wee bit off.

The Treatment plan is to eliminate first thing in morning, walk around 15-20 seconds, go potty again. Throughout the day try again to go potty, walk around 15-20 seconds, go potty again. Repeat before bed.

The other option is to go on the hour every 2 hours during day which may be a task for me since I still go every hour and sometimes twice an hour.

The plan we set was Biofeedback – Percutaneous tibial nerve stimulation (PTNS): a needle is inserted into the tibial nerve near my ankle that sends mild impulse electrode current to stimulate the sacral nerves in low back to help improve or restore bladder functions. He said once a week for 6 weeks but some sites said for 12 weeks. I mean whatever works that’s not a pill. The first visit will be in August.

If the biofeedback doesn’t work then possibly Botox into the bladder or medication. We always ask about natural therapies as I don’t want to be lugging around a pill box so hopefully this biofeedback option works.